Proverbs 23:4-5

“Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.

When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.”

Proverbs 23:4-5 ESV

The warning here is not to avoid wealth. Neither is it to not work hard. The warning is to not make wealth our goal in life; gaining wisdom should be our life goal.

There are at least two reasons for this priority:

  1. Wisdom is greater than wealth. (Proverbs 8:11, 22:1)
  2. Wealth is fleeting. (Proverbs 23:5)

Remember: A fool with great wealth, is still a fool.

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